1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL
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A Remarkably Original Example for Preservation Display or Touring

1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster

Chassis No. 121042-10-021342
Engine No. 121921-10-021492

A Remarkably Original Example for Preservation Display or Touring
Complete Numbers-Matching - Verified by Mercedes-Benz DataCard
Lifelong New York State Resident
Offered with Rare, Optional Hardtop for 3 Different Top Configurations
In Correct Black over Red Leather Livery
Recent Cosmetic & Thorough Mechanical Freshening (Over $12,000 Invested, at least $15k with labor)
Major Service Performed by Marque Expert Gus Kidonakis of Beverly Hill Motors
Complete with matching Original Books, Tools & Spare Tire Assembly
A Beautifully Presented, U.S. Delivery “Baby” 300SL in Original Form

The 190SL was sold alongside the more expensive Mercedes-Benz 300SL, which it closely resembled both in its styling and in its fully independent suspension. The Mercedes-Benz 190 SL impresses on account of unquestionable harmony of its tasteful body and its high performance.

121042-10-021342 was completed on May 26, 1961 finished in Black (040) over bright Red Leather (204) with options as follows:

318 Wheel Trim Rings (Supplied Loose)
320 Rearview Mirror (Supplied Loose)
330 Type of Shipping
441 US Bumper with Guards
491 US Version
515 Radio (Becker MU US)
641 Whitewall Tires
682 Identification Plate, Paint Code Plate, Designation Strip in Fusebox (English Text)
720 Convertible Top material (Black)

Destined for the U.S. market and imported through New York Harbor, the Roadster was purchased through Prospect Auto Sales (Mercedes-Benz & Studebaker) of Buffalo, New York. The car would reside in New York State for the remainder of its days under limited ownership and occasional use. An assortment of rarely seen original books and documents accompany the SL, including the VIN-matched M-B Certificate of Preparation for Retail Delivery (in original envelope), Service Booklet with early noted services performed by selling dealer, Owner's Manual, Parts Catalog, June 23, 1961 Directory of Authorized M-B Dealers in the U.S. and 1963 issue of Mercedes-Benz Around the World Magazine.

In the late 1980's the Mercedes was parked in garage storage where it would remain until recent years, when the car was revived to turn-key running and driving order. The original windshield retains both 1988/89 inspection and registration decals, along with the included original 1988/89 New York Registration Receipt. Now offered with a clear Texas title.

Thanks to many years of garage storage, this 190 is a remarkable example of preservation. In addition to all original glass, this complete numbers-matching car also retains its original soft top, trim, chrome, portions of paint, along with 3/61 date coded wheels - shod in correct-as-delivered 6.40x13” white walled tires. An original and rare color-matched hardtop with stand offers the driver three different driving options. The interior is original and extremely well preserve while the paint is believed to be largely original and with only minor touch ups throughout. Paint meter readings are consistent throughout as are the fit and gaps. The body number “279” is stamped throughout and factory markings are found on the seat panels.

The luggage compartment displays both original gray mats, tool kit, jack, lug wrench and 2/61 stamped spare with matching tire. The engine bay is equally as correct and presentable with fresh rubbers and consumable items, down to concours correct hose clamps. An authentic M-B battery provides power. The car's undercarriage is largely original in appearance, with the exception of fresh suspension, braking and powertrain components, along with a beautiful stainless steel exhaust system.

Nicely sorted, thanks to its recent major servicing by well-known M-B expert Gus Kidonakis of Beverly Hill Motors, this handsome Roadster makes for an excellent cruiser or preservation display, featuring classic Mercedes-Benz styling and a great alternative to the untouchable 300SL. All records of recent parts and services are included in the car's dossier, as well as a copy of the car's factory DataCard (birth certificate) provided by Mercedes-Benz Classic. One of the finest 190 sl we have had the privilege of offering.

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4 Speed Manual
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